Beer can shortage hits the US

A nationwide shortage of cans is the latest threat to craft beer. The world’s largest manufacturer of cans, Ball Corp., told investors this week that the U.S. market alone is short 10 billion cans in 2020.

The reason? The coronavirus pandemic. Due to bars and restaurants being closed during lockdown, there is less beer currently in kegs. Instead, the beer that would have been served at bars and restaurants is being sold in cans for drinkers to enjoy at home. The strain on the supply chain was first felt with 16 0z. cans, an increasingly popular format for micro-brewed IPAs. The impact there was first seen in August, 2020. As if you didn’t already have enough things to worry about in 2020, right? Brewers soon will have to start looking outside of the country to source the packaging they need. The most logical candidate is Mexico, from where aluminum cans can be exported without tariffs. That stopgap is only serviceable for so long. Soon, the industry is expected to turn to Asia for assistance. And there will be increased shipping costs involved. The added cost, of course, will ultimately be swallowed by the consumer.

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This year's Brewer's Advent Calendars are now available!

This year’s Brewer’s Advent Calendars have departed from our warehouse near Salzburg, Austria! We are looking forward to hearing what you think about this year’s beer assembly – Prost!

Our Brewer’s Advent Calendar are now available at Costco Wholesale and other sales associates all over the USA. (Picture: Peter Reimann, CEO and founder of Kalea GmbH, proudly presenting “a few” Advent Calendars) Each year, we analyse user ratings for each and every beer in the Brewer’s Advent Calendar. The best ones get featured in next year’s calendar, the rest get replaced. In the 2020 edition, we included 12 brand new beers each stemming from private breweries! Click here to see the included beers: tinyurl.com/yc28tkbm The brewmasters of the 24 beers included in the package were invited to the BeerTasting Blogger Event to talk about the heart and soul of their beer in a short interview. These interviews will be presented here on BeerTasting.Club. Stay tuned!

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Kirin launches sugar-free beer

After five years in research and development, Japan’s second largest brewing group, Kirin Holdings, will launch a zero-sugar beer on October 6 in Japan. Kirin Ichiban Shibori Zero-Sugar is an extension to the brewer’s existing Kirin Ichiban line.

It has only 4% ABV compared to the 5% ABV of the original product but more importantly, the product comes with less than 0.5g of sugar per 100ml (compared to 2.6g per 100ml in the original Kirin Ichiban beer). According to Japanese food labeling standards the product is therefore allowed to be labeled as zero sugar. The product will be sold nationwide in 350 and 500-milliliter (12 and 17-ounce) cans. Kirin has ambituous plans with its sugar-free beer as it expects to sell 1.2 million boxes which is about 150,000 hectoliters by the end of this year. Source: inside.beer

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BeerTasting Blogger Event 2020: A retrospective

On September 24th, 40 breweries met in Traunstein and presented their beers from this year's KALEA Beer Advent Calendar to the beer bloggers FeinerHopfen, ProbierTV, BierOK and DieBierprobierer. In total, 91 interviews were conducted.

In the past, these interviews were held at the BeerTasting Event in Salzburg. Since this event was cancelled in 2020 due to the corona pandemic, an alternative was needed: an event exclusively for the best beer bloggers Germany has to offer. The event was a complete success and we want to say THANK YOU for participating. Our conclusion: In 2021 there will be a continuation. By the way, the interviews will be presented here in the .Club as soon as the first doors of the KALEA Beer Advent Calendars are opened. Stay tuned!

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Munich: Alcohol ban lifted

The City of Munich, often dubbed as Germany's beer capital, will no longer prohibit selling alcohol after 9:00 pm and consuming alcohol in public after 11:00 pm if the number of infections with the coronavirus should again exceed the critical value of 35 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants.

The Bavarian state capital lost in the second instance against a 35-year-old attorney who had brought an action against the regulation from last Thursday. The city wanted to stop public drinking in the evening because officials feared a further spread of the corona virus. Many other cities in Germany followed the example of Munich and issued bans on alcohol sales over the weekend. Drinking alcohol in public spaces is not forbidden in Germany and especially after the very strict social distancing rules had been lifted in July and many Germans preferred not to spend their summer holidays abroad, people gathered every evening in public spaces in the city to party and drink alcohol. Officials were suspicious of this behavior as crowds of people often disregarded the distancing rules and infection rates started to climb again. The Bavarian Administrative Court justified the rejection of the order with the fact that the ban on alcohol consumption in public spaces could probably be based on the Infection Protection Act as a necessary protective measure. The court also acknowledged the fact that an alcohol ban is a suitable means of counteracting the spread of the coronavirus because it helps prevent crowds. The regulation of the general ruling, however, is not necessary and therefore disproportionate as long as it extends to the entire city area. Should the city council restrict the ban to certain areas within the city, the measure would be appropriate. Munich’s Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter commented the judgment: “It is now decided. The decision of the Bavarian Administrative Court gives the direction for our future rights to protect against infection. The previous general regulation […] is no longer implemented. Specifically, the bans can no longer be applied throughout the city, only at clearly named hotspots." It is expected that the city council will soon implement new rules which comply with the sentence of the Bavarian Administrative Court. Source: inside beer (tinyurl.com/yy6matpj)

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Beavertown's new Brewery

UK craft beer company Beavertown Brewery has opened a new brewery in Enfield. It's called the ‘largest brewery in London’.

According to Beavertown, the new 129,000 square-foot production site will expand the company’s production capacity. It will be possible to produce 500,000 hl a year, with brewing in 150 hl batches.; ten times more than before. Beavertown will create up to 150 new jobs in the area. Called Beaverworld, the new brewery includes a brewhouse; packaging space; a warehouse; logistics hub; and offices. The expansion comes after Heineken purchased a minority stake in Beavertown Brewery in 2018, as the £40 million investment has helped to fund the new brewery. Logan Plant, the founder of Beavertown Brewery said: “Beaverworld is the answer to our dream of getting more Beavertown in the hands of the masses and we could not be more excited that it’s now up and running. With Beaverworld we’re expecting to create our own lasting legacy.” “This is the culmination of many years of hard work from Logan and the whole team at Beavertown,” Heineken craft development director Jochen Van Esch said. “Our partnership meant they could open a state of the art brewery, the largest brewery in London. It means even more people can enjoy Beavertown beers in pubs and at home, and we will facilitate this where we can.” Photo: Beavertown Brewery

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